You may recall an interview James Horan gave with the Irish Independent (if you don’t it’s here) back in January, where he spoke with Donnchadh Boyle about his time as Mayo manager and where he also touched on the plans he was then hatching for a major sports conference. Those plans are now fully formed and the event – the Sporting Excellence Conference – is due to take place on the weekend of 11th-13th March at the Breaffy House resort.
The event – full details of which are here – will focus on high performance in a number of sporting disciplines and will bring together several national and international expert speakers who will share knowledge and techniques from the perspective of their own particular areas. Think Web Summit for elite sports people.
The list of speakers at the event, which James himself will compere, includes Kenny Cunningham (soccer), Stephen Martin (hockey), Kenny Egan (boxing), David Gillick (athletics), Brian Kerr (soccer), Liam Sheedy (hurling) and Martyn Irvine (cycling), as well as Dr Deirdre Lyons, Professor Niall Moyna of DCU, Liam Moggan, Brendan Hackett, Conor McPhillips, Bryan McCrystal and Dr Clare O’Leary.
The Conference is aimed at general sports enthusiasts who might want to find out what makes high performance people tick, at keen athletes and other sports people who are eager to learn and develop in their chosen field and at budding or experienced managers who want to pick up tips and ideas from a range of disciplines. Something for everyone, in other words.
I’m delighted to announce that the organisers are offering two complimentary Delegate Weekend passes to the event (worth €100 each) which will go to the winners of a draw that’ll be held here on the site. To be in with a chance to win this prize, you need to answer the following question: James Horan played for and managed Ballintubber and Mayo but where was he born?
Answers please (by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, i.e. don’t provide the answer in the comments) by midday on Friday (12th February), following which I’ll tip all the correct answers into a hat, pick the two winners and announce the details here. Best of luck to everyone who enters and good luck too to James and his colleagues with the event, which promises to be a good one.